Carrauntoohil Challenge - Abbot reach the summit

Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this.  We had an amazing day.  The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how!!! Looking forward to the next one!

Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide

Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.

The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.

Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.

Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.

The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high sprites. After the photos taken at the cross and lunch digested it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.

On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option.Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.

Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hill’s again soon!

For all you outdoor team adventures contact us here

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Carrauntoohil Challenge - Abbot reach the summit

Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organising this.  We had an amazing day.  The weather was fantastic and we all made it to the top - still not quite sure how!!! Looking forward to the next one!

Report from Tony Nation, Lead Guide

Saturday started off as a fine fresh day with little or no cloud to be seen as we headed to Kate Kearney’s to meet the 18 staff from Abbot, Cork.

The team started to arrive from 10:00 but not all arrived till 11:00 due to some confusion on directions from Cork to Kate’s.

Once all had gathered and safety briefing completed we headed in convoy to Lisleibane car park for the start of our climb.

Clouds had started to form on the hills and a cold wind had blown up. The trek in the valley to the stream was brisk and everyone was in good form. Just before the stream we headed right and began our climb up. As we made our way up we pointed out points of interest in the area as well as local place names.

The climb up was steady with plenty of opportunities for photographs. There was a biting cold at the top of Brother O’Shea’s but all were doing well. On reaching the top we were in snow for the last 100m this added a new element to the day. Everyone made it to the top in high sprites. After the photos taken at the cross and lunch digested it was time to make our way down, visibility was good from the top which added to the day.

On reaching the Devil’s ladder it was agreed that we would opt for the ZIGZAG’S. Due to erosion on the ladder, the zigzag’s is a better option.Everyone got back to the car park without issues. Then it was off to Kate’s for some well deserved food and refreshments.

Well done to all of the Abbot staff hope to see you on the hill’s again soon!

For all you outdoor team adventures contact us here

Friday, 27 April 2012 13:16

Carrauntoohil to Kilimanjaro

climbing carrauntoohilWith Kilimanjaro in their sights, two families arrived down to Kerry once again for more training on the 12th April as they prepare to travel on our June departure. Following a briefing at the lodge we left for the Hags Glen joined by Wesley and Tom to climb Carrauntoohil. The day was bright and cool, with wintry clouds looming over the peaks around us from 7-800m upwards. We chatted about the upcoming trip to climb Kilimanjaro for the Quirke and Ronayne families, a mountain I had the pleasure to guide back in January. Training and getting gear sorted out were going well for them. With a sense of understanding about how to train achieved from our Meet day they are now focused on strengthening up the team and finalising gear selection.

Our walk in the valley was quiet because we started around midday. We got a taste of winter with a downpour of rain, not far of sleet as we left the main track at the ford and headed toward O'Sheas.Our gradual pull up the path with the 2 scrambles up steep ground proving adventurous for some of the group. After lunch the the pace was and when we started to climb the bottom of O'Shea's gully, we were reminded once more of winter with an intense shower of hard hail stone pounding our faces for 10mins and then stopped.

photo of summit Carrauntoohil

Exhilarated we put on an extra layer before heading toward the summit. There on top also were a few others in cloudy grey cold conditions although dry. After a few photos and congrats we left to descend toward the devils ladder. Half way down the cloud lifted and gave us brief views out to the sea in Kenmare bay. The decent was wet and took some care weaving a way through the loose gravel and rocks before we walked out the valley back to the cars.

Later the lads from Cork departed for home and the two families made for town to eat before getting up again at 2.30am for a night climb.

Starting from the top of the gap at 3.30am the head torches were bouncing around in a line as we started purple mountain. We adjusted our clothing with conditions being good and dry for now. We had 2 small breaks for water and snacks before we caught glimpses of the moons reflections on the upper lakes of killarney. As we crested the col nearing the summit the light was approaching but only just. we wrapped up a little more and slowly got to the summit for 6am. summit of purple mountainThe decent was easy at the start due as you feel good following the summit but then tiredness that feels like youre in autopilot mode. That's when accidents and stumbles happen but luckily everyone was concentrating and we got back to the cars around 8am.

This fitness assessment course is ideal for setting a mark on physical and mental training required for trekking holidays and climbing Kilimanjaro. We recommend all groups to undergo this process and find out about gear selection along the way. Contact us to discuss options and dates for upcoming meet days and courses. The success rate is much better when you prepare well.

I wish the Quirke and Ronayne families the best, keep up the preparations.

Guide report: Niall Foley

''Life is full of mountains to climb and obstacles that seem insurmountable at first sight. The best way to tackle these challenges is together!
We are lucky to have Pat Falvey ready to take on Corrán Tuathail with us in order to raise funds for Suicide Aware.
At 1039m/ 3414ft it’s Ireland's highest peak. This event is happening on 20 May and there are only 50 places available.
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''Life is full of mountains to climb and obstacles that seem insurmountable at first sight. The best way to tackle these challenges is together!
We are lucky to have Pat Falvey ready to take on Corrán Tuathail with us in order to raise funds for Suicide Aware.
At 1039m/ 3414ft it’s Ireland's highest peak. This event is happening on 20 May and there are only 50 places available.
Our aim is for every person who partakes to raise €200 in sponsorship.
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see our events blog for more details''
Friday, 18 November 2011 12:48

My Private Everest - TV Series on Setanta

After a year in the making, Helen Shaw and here team at Athena Media handed over their latest film series to Setanta Sports Ireland in December 2010. This three part series, which was funded by the BAI, was shot over the last 15 months here in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Helen weaves a compelling story of Pats personal endeavour and sacrifice through the years from childhood to the present day, with contributions from his family, friends and mountaineering colleagues. The story is full of archive footage from Pats many exciting expeditions & features amazing photos from the Pat Falvey collection.

Speaking to Pat via Satelite phone about the project, he had this to say:

'Its been an amazing journey for me personally making this documentary and also my team for filming and preparing the archive footage from my earlier life, sifting through the tens of thousands of images which I have in my collection. Even just talking to some of my old colleagues and friends has bought back so many memories to the forefront of my mind. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank those involved including all contributors, my family, my friends and my own team in helping me on this film. A very special thanks has to go to Helen Shaw and her team who have created a great biography documentary, well done, its been a fantastic journey working with Athena Media. Even though I am in a very remote location in Canada at present, we have arranged a location to see Setanta on Sunday. Its funny as already many locals here want to see it also!!'

You can see more trailers on vimeo.com/channels/falvey

Press release from Athena media:

3 x 24min – documentary series is an Athena Media production for Setanta Sports funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision funding scheme. The series is due to air on 6th February 2011. It will begin with episode one on 6th February, followed by episode two on 7th February and episode three on 8th February. All episodes will be broadcasted at 10pm on Setanta Sports.

‘Some people say I’m a self publicist, some people say that I can be very arrogant, immediately I think of something, I say it. I’m going to climb Mount Everest, I’m going to become a millionaire. I’m going to be the best motivational speaker in the world. People think, how can he actually say that?. There’s no harm in dreaming and dreaming big,’ Pat Falvey.

Pat Falvey’s life story is the stuff of fiction. The teenage boy who left school at fifteen determined to be a millionaire and built a multi-million property business by his twenties. The serial entrepreneur who lost everything by twenty-nine and nearly took his own life in despair. But a chance encounter took him hill-walking and his first venture to Kerry’s Carrauntoohil made him vow to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By thirty-four he stood on Everest and soon became one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and controversial adventurers. He has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice. He has trekked to the South Pole and now planned one last great adventure, this time to the North Pole.

This documentary and biographical series takes us into the psychology of Pat Falvey and finds out what drives him to follow dreams bigger and bolder than anyone else. Production Company, Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork City where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.

Pat’s journey starts in north Cork where he was born the eldest son of Tim and Abina Falvey. His father Tim was a bricklayer and Pat followed his father’s trade but says his maternal grandmother, Mary B. O’Callaghan, a street trader, was a central influence on shaping him and his life. His grandmother encouraged him to think big and had him running little businesses when he was still a small boy. Her sense of confidence and will-power is what fuelled him to be a millionaire. His property business was worth in excess of €70 million in today’s value but the recession in the mid 1980s hit him hard and his empire began to crumble. By 29 he was broke, bankrupt and he even thought of killing himself. His own marriage suffered. But when a friend took him to the mountains he began to see life anew and mountains became his obsession. It was an obsession which eventually brought him to Mount Everest and to the honour of being the second Irishman to stand on the summit.

This series tracks Pat Falvey’s life and tells his story. We hear from friends like Con Moriarty and Mick Murphy who have known Pat from the early days in Co Kerry when he joined Kerry Mountain rescue to mountaineers like Dawson Stelfox, the Belfast architect who became the first Irishman to summit Everest in May 1993. We hear from his family from his sisters Majella and Abina and his brother Barry Falvey. His son, Patrick Falvey, shares insights along with those who have journeyed with Falvey through many expeditions including Dr Clare O’Leary. Clare went to Mount Everest with Pat in 2003 and 2004 and her successful summit in 2004 made her the first Irishwoman to climb Everest and since then she has trekked with Pat to the South Pole and now joins him on what he describes as his last great adventure – the North Pole. Pat’s ambition has been to journey to the highest and most extremes points on earth, from Everest to the South and North Pole and this final expedition, in Spring 2011, will complete what he calls the ‘three Poles’.

Pat Falvey: My Private Everest is a series which promises dramatic footage as well as unique revelations including how Pat Falvey’s determination to bring the tricolour to the summit of Everest provoked debate and even animosity with some accusing him of detracting from Dawson Stelfox’s own summit. Pat’s philosophy ‘that everyone has their own private Everest’ has brought him into motivational leadership and mentoring and he now makes a living from motivational speaking both in Ireland and abroad. Contact Athena Media -01 4885851 for more details including press photographs or stills from the documentary series.

Athena Media would like to thank everyone who helped us and supported us during the production particularly the Falvey family, Niall Foley and all the crew who have worked on it in Athena Media particularly Anita Walsh, Paula Cunniffe and Niall Brew. Our cameraman Barry MacNeill has been with us throughout the shoot and we have had excellent support from Lotus Media in post production. John E. Turner did the offline edit while Scott Smith was online and Simon Flanagan did the audio mix. A special thank you to Ella McSweeney who did the voice-over on the series and to the wonderful folk in Seneca, the band who produced instrumental tracks for the documentary mix and who have been great supporters of the project.

Further Information:

www.athenamedia.ie

www.setanta.com/ie

www.bai.ie

 

Thursday, 13 October 2011 12:26

Pepsico group climb Carrauntoohill

On Friday 23rd September, a group of colleagues/friends from Pepsico Carrigaline / Little island arrived down to Kate kearneys to Climb Carrauntoohil. Conditions were fair with some cloud about as we headed to Lisleibane, our start for the day. After a short briefing our pace was set by John heading us into the Hags Glen. Our group were mostly in I.T. dept. at Pepsico and were all well up for the climb.

The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest).

We breaked for some lunch in very quiet and peaceful surroundings having some banter awaiting our next stage Brother O Shea’s Gully, a good pull up it is but only 30 mins or so did the trick. We ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions. On top there was only about 6-8 others besides us and we all gathered elated for our summit photo.

On our decent the clouds lifted as we approached the Devils Ladder. It was still fairly breezy at this stage, we headed down into the shelter of the ladder slowly making our way left, right and mostly left again amongst the large boulders and loose scree which feels like moist gravel. The group were in flying form at this stage seeing the completion of their challenge only an hour or so down the valley realising they were nearly done!!

The track out the glen was still breezy with gusts nearly toppling us on the open ground as we viewed the route we took earlier described by John. Once back at the car, a decision was made to head for Kates, where we finished our day over a coffee/pint.

"Thanks soooo much for last Friday - we had a really great time - and everyone is still raving about it, was such a great experience" Rosie Coffey

Well done to all everyone on the day and especially Rosie for organising, hope to see ye again in the future, all the best!!

Guides: Niall Foley & John Healy

Report by Niall Foley

Thursday, 08 September 2011 15:39

Carrauntoohil Climb 27th Aug 2011

We arrived to a busy Cronins yard on Saturday morning at 10am. Having met Sinead, Louise and her dad Pat in Kates car park earlier introductions were already out of the way as we headed up the path into the Hags Glen. Weather was pleasing at that stage although it just started to drizzle, with cloud hanging on the top 200m of the surrounding reeks.

The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest) Via Brother O Shea’s Gully, we ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions.

On our way we met a medium sized group whom we spoke to as we asecended O'Shea's. On reaching the summit we celebrated with a few photos and started our decent. Views of the Black Valley, Kenmare Bay and the saddle at the top of the Devils Ladder finally opened up below us to compliment our already thoroughly enjoyable day. We went left to the Heavenly gates with not many others on the mountain with us at that stage nearing 4pm. Pat and the girls were taken back when I showed them the rescue hut which has some beans inside if you were stuck!!

Our way out was nice and quiet leading us back to a nice cuppa in cronins around 6pm. It was great to take our time and take in all the natural beauty which made the day. Best of luck to the Girls next adventure, Pat was ecstatic about the day, it was all their first time up Carrauntoohil, Well Done!!

Report & Photos by Niall Foley

If you would like to climb Carrauntoohil please contact us in Kerry 064 6644181

Charity Climb Cystic Fibrosis raise €10,200

Pat Falvey presents a cheque for money raised on Corran Tuathail climb from the supports of  Build 4  Life 4 Kids.

Over the years the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering have been involved in walks in Kerry and around the world helping raise over 2 million euros for different charities to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Commenting on this event Pat said " It constantly surprises me the generosity that we have as an Irish nation to help our charities to help others and it gives us a great pleasure in being involved in such events here and throughout the world."

Kerry Mountain busy 14th August 2011. Corran Tuathail. Rescue.

The Team were alerted after a 12 year old boy sustained a knee injury at the ‘first level’. The Team made their way to the scene and administered first aid to the casualty before stretchering him a short distance to a point from where he could be winched to the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter.

14th August 2011. Corran Tuathail. Assistance.

Whilst en-route to the location of the previous callout, Team members encountered three walkers who were unsure of the correct descent route after abandoning their climb of the mountain. They were assisted over a rocky step and shown the correct route down.

The team do a great job. Well done.

 

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